6 Scarves 2021: April Additions, #3 Navy & Grey, Lily
For an introduction to the 6 Scarves 2021 project, see this post.
For a description of my method, see this post.
For a wardrobe palette with purple in it, and a mascot rabbit of the Lilac breed, I would expect more purple than what we've seen in this wardrobe so far...which is to say, none.
But hurray! This month, we are adding two purple-ish colored garments to the mix as well as a T-shirt in the desperately under-represented grey. Plus a blue denim jacket because it's such a useful transition season piece.
Grey long-sleeved seamed T - ana/JCP - 2X - $9.10 - 9/2017
Purple skirt - Liz Claiborne/JCP - 1X - $17.99 - 9/2017
Dark orchid cowlneck pullover sweater - CJ Banks - 3X - $12.96 - 7/2020
Medium denim knit jacket - Coldwater Creek - 2X - $44.97 - 6/2020
If you are looking at these scarves and wondering, Huh, where's all the purple?, you are not alone. I'm wondering the same thing. It turns out that I really do not own much in the way of purple! But here we have a blue tie-dye scarf with a hint of lavender-y periwinkle, two scarves with orchid colors that coordinate with the cowlneck sweater, and a silky scarf with a good dose of lavender. Those leather earrings are truly purple! (I only have them because they came in a set of like 9 pairs of identical earrings in a variety of colors.) The Alexandrite stud earrings are, you may have to just trust me, a light purple. I know, it's odd because I like purple (it's not my favorite, but I do like it) and it's actually a pretty good color on me. I think it's just not a color that is as readily available as some other colors are.
Blue tie-dye infinity scarf - Kohls - $12.00 - 12/2014
Orchid/cream ombré scarf - thrifted, ThredUp - $3.59 - 5/2020
Aqua/orchid/ivory block scarf - CJ Banks - $5.01 - 7/2020
Lavender swirls square scarf - thrifted, ThredUp - $4.90 - 5/2020
Purple leather leaf earrings - Amazon - ? - ?
Purple Alexandrite stud earrings - gift
Grey suede ankle boots - Seychelles/Zappos - $140.00 - 10/2014
Silver/grey/white tassel necklace - CJ Banks - $5.39 - 5/2020
Silver, rose gold, gold stretch bracelets - Amazon - $28.00 - 8/2020
First two outfits that start with the grey T and purple skirt as the base. In Outfit #1, I added both a scarf and a necklace; when wearing an infinity scarf doubled up around the neck, I often like to add a long necklace, especially if I'm wearing a plain top, and especially if I'm not wearing a top layer. Part of this is just because I want all the accessories, and another part of it is that the necklace seems to balance the look in some way. Maybe the added vertical line just feels right?
Looking at Outfit #2, with a plain top and a square scarf, I would like to show off as much of the scarf print as possible. My go-to tie in that case involves folding the scarf once diagonally to create a big triangle, placing the big triangle on the front of the body, and tying the two folded pointy ends around the back of the neck.
Now let's try the orchid sweater and the two orchid print scarves. I admit, putting these with the purple skirt is NOT something I would normally do, and I'm not sure about either of these outfits. Is the issue the orchid + purple? Or is it that the scarves repeat the orchid color but the purple is just kind of sitting there? I think these outfits would be better served with a different skirt...or with a different scarf. It'll be interesting to see how these pieces work with the rest of the wardrobe.
I didn't quite realize until I looked back at my outfit photos that I tend to wear this purple skirt with grey and/or black. This late winter outfit is fairly typical of how I like my palette to lighten up as we wait out the last months of cold before the spring. The skirt is a stand-alone bit of purple in the outfit, but I'm pretty happy to wear an accent colored skirt/pants with an another otherwise neutral outfit.
Here the purple is a stronger component of the overall look, appearing in the floral print top and in the necklace. (I would rather have worn this with a short-sleeved grey cardigan but I didn't have one.)
Finally, this outfit did not photograph very well, but I remember that I liked wearing it. The faint black stripe on the blouse is a dotted line, rather than a solid one, and gave me the happy feeling of black and white stripes while being less starkly high contrast than that beloved combination usually is. Of course, how could I wear this excellent multi-colored turtle pendant and not be cheered by it?
As you'd expect given my total wardrobe, this capsule remains very navy/dark-blue heavy, but we have diversified it a bit this month.
For the seasonal wardrobe matrix, recall that in each season, for each color category, I can mark what has been added each month:
x = solid piece
T = tonal piece (i.e., tonally works with this color though it is a different color)
O = ombré piece
P = print piece (not ombré)
What would you do about this orchid + purple situation?
In my next post, we will take look at the April additions for our fourth wardrobe: #4 Olive & Beige, Kiwi.
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